The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) extends a big welcome to Trevor Jones, our new branch manager! He comes to us from the North University Community Branch Library. Trevor is excited to be at our beautiful library, and the SRFOL looks forward to working with him. Please be sure to greet Trevor the next time you’re at the library.

We bid farewell to Arianne Leigh, our youth services librarian, who filled in the past several months prior to the appointment of a new branch manager. We wish Arianne well in her new position as branch manager at the Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library. Until a new full-time youth services librarian is named, we’re fortunate to have Liz Tarnove serve as our children’s librarian on an interim basis.

Grace’s Book Nook

Support our library by shopping at Grace’s Book Nook for nearly new and gently used books. The stock is updated frequently, so make it a habit to stop by each time you visit the library. It’s open Monday through Saturday during library hours. The Book Nook also has a selection of gift quality books, new greeting cards, CDs, DVDs, and duck food.

Summer Reading Programs

There’s still time to register for the Summer Reading Program, in which children and teens read books—or have books read to them—and earn prizes. For details, check at the library or [www.srfol.org].

Children’s Programs

To celebrate summer July has five—yes, five!—free children’s program sponsored by the SRFOL. They are suggested for ages 4–11, but all are welcome!

  • Thursday July 3, 3 pm—Pig’s Eye Puppets presents an entertaining and original puppet show.
  • Thursday, July 10, 3 pm—Pacific Animals incorporates “edu-tainment” to provide a safe environment to see, touch, and learn about a monkey, fox, parrot, kinkajou, alligator, snake, bugs, and more.
  • Thursday, July 17, 3 pm—Enjoy a fast-paced musical performance with Craig Newton; sing along as he introduces various instruments.
  • Thursday, July 24, 3 pm—The hand-crafted, Old World-style marionettes of Scott Land present contemporary entertainment.
  • Thursday, July 31, 3 pm—“Literature Comes to Life” with Stacey Wein as children from the audience become characters in the retelling of two exciting stories.

Regular programming continues. Please visit [www.srfol.org] for details.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, July 16, at 7 pm with the screening of Grand Piano (2014). It’s a pulse-pounding homage to Hitchcock and De Palma, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack. Film instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the discussion.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Innocent by Scott Turow. Everybody is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, July 23, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

For more than 15 years the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary has been instrumental in creating an awareness of the shelter’s needs. We thank the many organizations that are ongoing contributors to the HVH, and the generous individuals who donate clothing, furniture, appliances, baby supplies, toiletries, and food.

Some of the beautiful handmade quilts from the Village Quilters, made especially for the women and children at the shelter, are held by HVH Auxiliary members in the picture above. The shelter staff said these bright, colorful quilts are very uplifting, impart the feeling that someone cares, and help diminish the sadness and insecurity of their clients as they arrive.

Thanks to the National Charity League for its years of assistance. Members of this mother-daughter membership organization have coordinated food drives for HVH, cleaned and organized their kitchen pantry, spruced up the landscaping, and created fun birthday and seasonal parties for the children. The girls are also servers at our annual fundraiser tea, so look for them at the 15th Annual Hidden Valley House Auxiliary Tea on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Needed items this month: supplies of baby wipes, diapers, and baby shampoo are very low since there have been many infants and young toddlers at the shelter recently. These may be dropped off at the Mini and Me store, the Scripps Ranch Library, or the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. As always, thanks for your continued support.

Lynn Parke

Stitch With Village Quilters

Village Quilters will hold Sit and Sews on two Saturdays, July 12 and Aug. 9, from 9:30 am to 2 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room. Guests are welcome to work on their projects or one of the kits for the group’s fundraising or philanthropic projects. There’s no fee.

Bring a hand sewing project or a sewing machine and supplies for cutting and stitching, plus your lunch, a drink, and—if you wish—a snack to share. This is a good chance to seek help with something that’s puzzling or solicit free quilting advice. For more details, email Carol Goodhue Shull at [[email protected]].

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Scripps Ranch Unit member Cheryl Steinholt was installed as Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary president for 2014–2015 at the Auxiliary’s annual meeting in June at the San Diego Zoo. Karin Whiteley, also a member of our unit and auxiliary director of special events, planned the meeting that highlighted the Auxiliary’s achievements this past year.

Joining Cheryl on the Auxiliary’s main board of officers for 2014–2015 are Scripps Ranch members: Jeannie Scott, membership VP; Mary Rea, secretary; and Jan McGowan, director of special events.

Cheryl is the fifth Scripps Ranch unit member to reign as president of the main Auxiliary. Linda Katz was the first member of our unit to be elected Auxiliary president, and in more recent years, Cindy Clark, Marilyn Tobin, and Michele Prescott served as president. There are 22 Auxiliary units in San Diego County, and Cheryl’s esteemed leadership experience in various positions on our unit board and the main Auxiliary board of officers have earned her this most prestigious honor.

We invite you to join us in our mission to advocate for the health and well-being of children, increase awareness of Rady Children’s Hospital, and fundraise. Please contact our membership chairs, Kathy Steinhause at [[email protected]] or Cathy Denis at [[email protected]], for membership information.

Rady Children’s Center for Healthier Communities is a great resource for tips to help keep children healthy and safe: [www.rchsd.org/healthsafety/index.htm]. Follow us on Facebook at [www.facebook.com/rcha.scrippsranch].

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Vicki Conlon just completed her Competent Communicator Award, which included delivering 10 speeches. We asked Vicki for her thoughts about the Toastmasters experience. “My New Year’s resolution for 2013 was to improve my public speaking and leadership skills. After some research, I joined the Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Club. It was the best resolution I ever made. I never thought I could laugh so hard at 7 in the morning. Looking back to my first ‘Ice Breaker’ speech over a year ago to my eleventh speech, I realize I’ve come a long way. The butterflies still flutter, but they no longer control me. Thanks, Toastmasters!” Thank you, Vicki, for your enthusiasm and volunteering as treasurer.

Guests are always welcome. Meetings are at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am. For more information, contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org].

SR Theatre’s Third Annual New-Play Festival

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s (SRT) new-play development program, “Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City,” announces its 2014 selections: Borderline by “California” Jack Cassidy, Canary Cottage by Jake Edmondson, and Unplugged by Lisabeth Silverman.

SRT is producing “Out on a Limb” for the third consecutive year. The program is the only play festival to focus solely on works by San Diego writers, offering playwrights the chance to develop work from proposal to production. The three plays receive three months of feedback and revision until the shows that run Saturday, July 19, through Sunday, July 27.

For reservations, call the SRT box office at 578-7728, or for more information visit [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org].

Women’s Club Cooks Up a Summer Chili Party

Our Epicurean Dining Group hosts a western party and Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, July 19, at the home of Celeste and Steve Cowell. This outdoor event featuring five delicious chilies, a prize for best chili recipe, and prizes for best western outfits, is open to all members and guests. What a fun way to celebrate summer!

President Mary Rea presented scholarships to three deserving senior women— Angela Hampton, Sharon Tang, and Sarah Trott—at the Scripps Ranch High School awards ceremony. These young women and their moms will be invited to our Annual Membership Dinner on Thursday, July 31. The dinner brings members together and is the finale for the year, before a new board and president take over.

We welcome new members interested in making friends and participating in the community. Our membership chairs—Diane Lennert at 549-2066 and Marty Salkin at 566-0551—would love to tell you about the club. Visit us at [www.srwomensclub.org] and find us on Facebook.

Anne McClure, Publicity

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch invites you to join one of our Book Clubs. The Book Discussion Group is reading Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal. Our Literary Group just finished Centennial by James Michener. Our Morning Book Group is discussing Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy.

Whether you are a long-time resident or new to the area, think about joining us. We have many other group activities, including: bridge, bunco, bike riding, trail walking, coffees, crafts, pitch, and Birthday Babes. If you’re interested, visit [www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com] or call our new president and founder, Becky McDonald, at 578-5693 or our membership chair, JoAnn Farmen, at 695-9217.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

In June we toured a garden in Mira Mesa. Remember to mulch your gardens to help retain water. Also, check your irrigation systems to make sure they are not overwatering some areas or causing water to flow into the street. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Lynnell Hallock at [[email protected]].

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The goal and mission of the Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group is to connect with other professional women in Scripps Ranch and help them expand their business opportunities while having fun and building friendships. We hold monthly meetings and encourage women to bring their friends. Our next meeting is on Friday, July 25, from 7:45 to 9:30 am for breakfast. For details, please call Julia at 549-3070, email [[email protected]], and visit [www.srwnetworking.org].